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Software-update: AbiWord 2.8.0

Door , 8 reacties, submitter: Domokun, bron: Abisource community

27-10-2009 • 17:26

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Submitter: Domokun

Bron: Abisource community

Abiword logo (60 pix) De AbiSource-community heeft de final release van versie 2.8 van AbiWord uitgebracht. AbiWord is een opensource-tekstverwerker voor Windows en Linux. Het programma is in staat om diverse documentformaten te openen en te bewerken, waaronder die van Microsoft Word, en Wordperfect, plus reguliere rtf-documenten. Verder kan de functionaliteit van AbiWord met plugins en woordenboeken worden uitgebreid.

In versie 2.8 is er een hoop veranderd. Zo is onder andere collaboration, het met meerdere personen aan een document werken, verbeterd. Verder kan er nu commentaar worden toegevoegd, kunnen meerdere pagina's op het scherm worden afgebeeld en is er ondersteuning voor Scalable Vector Graphics, waardoor afbeeldingen er een stuk beter uitzien. Verder is de ondersteuning voor het OpenDocument- en Office Open XML-formaat verbeterd en is het printgedeelte vernieuwd. Hieronder is een uitgebreid overzicht te vinden van de veranderingen die zijn aangebracht:

Improved Collaboration support

AbiWord's collaborative capabilities are greatly improved in this release. For example, it gained the ability to distinguish the text written by different authors using various text highlight colors while collaborating. Figure 1 shows a document being edited by three different authors at the same time. The collaboration support has been tightly integrated with the new online web service called, which lets you store documents online, allows easy document sharing with your friends, and performs format conversions on the fly.

Annotation / Comment support

AbiWord 2.8.0 gained support for annotations, or "comments". You can annotate any piece of text with a remark that will show up when you hover over it with your mouse. A list of all remarks will be displayed in the footer area on every page if desired.

Smart Quote support

Proper Smart Quote support has been added in this latest release. While older AbiWord releases claimed to have it on board (there was a preference to enable Smart Quotes), it was never (properly) implemented.

Multi-Page View

Also new in 2.8.0 is the ability to view multiple pages side by side. This is convenient for users who have large widescreen monitors, or for quickly getting an overview of the document.

True Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) support

The GTK port of AbiWord has gained proper SVG support in the 2.8.0 release. While previous AbiWord releases had the ability to import SVG images, their quality was low. This has been fixed, and SVG images will now look better on screen and in print. It's worth noting that importing WMF images from Microsoft Word documents will also result in high quality images now, as they too won't be rasterised anymore.

Improved OpenDocument Format (.odt) support

The AbiWord development team considers support for the Open Document Format (ODF) important for a number of reasons, including long term durability and our interoperability with other products on the market. These days many governments, companies and individual users are moving to ODF. Thanks to an ongoing grant from NLnet Foundation, AbiWord is on its way to become one the best ODF implementations on the word processor market. This release incorporates many improvements to the ODF import/export filters, such as documents with page anchored images and frames that are now properly imported, as well as documents with a relative width to columns and tables. Coupled with a large number of other improvements makes that AbiWord's support for ODF is better than ever.

Improved Office Open XML (.docx) support

As with OpenDocument Format support, we consider interoperability with the Office Open XML (.docx) format popularized by Microsoft Word to be very important. The Office Open XML import filter in AbiWord 2.8 has seen great improvements as the result of funding through the Google Summer of Code program. The import filter now supports all common complex document features such as lists, tables, headers, footers and images.

New printing framework

The printing system in the GTK port of AbiWord has been completely rewritten. The most notable change is the support for GTK Print in favor of the deprecated gnome-print. Furthermore the quality of the Postscript and PDF output has been increased significantly, which was made possible by porting our rendering code to use cairo.

... and more changes all over the map!


  • Many improvements to the document import and export filters, most notably the OpenDocument (.odt), Office Open XML (.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf) and LaTeX (.tex) filters.
  • A new S5 exporter has been added.
  • The GNOME Office Chart plugin has been updated to be able to embed entire Gnumeric spreadsheet documents (GTK version only). This requires Gnumeric 1.9.x to work.

Note to Developers and Distributors

Some specific changes might be of interest to software developers and distributors:

  • For people scripting AbiWord to print from the command line, a change in the command line options was made. A typical way to print a file directly from the command line would now be:

    abiword --to=ps --to-name=fd://1 file.abw | lpr

  • A totally revamped build system has been put in place, making it more standards compliant and allowing cross-compilation of the Windows version on Linux/Unix systems. The plugins are included in the abiword source tarball now as well.
  • The GTK port had its rendering code ported to use cairo for all its output (the Windows and OS X ports will follow later).
  • Make the Mac OSX port compile again (we won't consider it a supported port until we move it to the new cairo-based renderer).
  • Removed a ton of deprecated GTK functions.
  • Make the code compile almost completely warning free.
  • Move from Glade to GTK Builder to construct our dialogs in the GTK port.
  • For people embedding AbiWord using the provided GTK AbiWidget, the Web view was reworked to make text flow in a way to use all available space allocated to the widget. This in contrast to view modes such as the "Print Preview" and "Normal" mode, which are more paper-oriented.
  • For people packaging pyabiword, make sure to compile libabiword using the --enable-dynamic flag, otherwise plugins will fail to load.

Versienummer 2.8.0
Releasestatus Final
Besturingssystemen Windows 7, Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista
Website Abisource community
Bestandsgrootte 7,92MB
Licentietype GPL


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Hier in de Arch Linux repo's staat hij nog steeds op 2.6.8, en in de community (AUR) repo's op 2.7.10 ... hopelijk wordt die snel geupdate naar 2.8 want als ik de changelog zo bekijk zijn ze goed bezig! :Y)
Die functie meerdere pagina's bekijken (en ik mag aannemen: bewerken) vind ik wel heel interessant. Ook de SVG mogelijkheid biedt perspectief om het een serieus te gaan gebruiken.
Hij staat nog niet op de PPA's. Ik ben erg geinteresseerd in deze versie omdat hij svg support heeft.

En zelf compilen is leuk, maar dat vind ik erg rommelig, een externe .deb is al niet-standaard genoeg voor mij :)
Abiword is ook voor de Mac.
Dat is een indrukwekkende changelog!
Hopelijk zetten ze hem ook snel op hun PPA in Launchpad:
Daar wordt aan gewerkt!

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